Jim McGregor, AIA, LEED AP | Founding Principal

Jim McGregor

I was born and raised on the Gulf Coast. Working in Houston presents an excellent opportunity to explore sustainable design, which has interested me since becoming an architect. My entire career has centered on planning and design. I first worked for a pioneering firm that developed early client involvement techniques. We’ve evolved these techniques and still use them today during design initiation at Browne McGregor.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked hands-on with many contractors on a variety of project types and sizes. It has been extremely valuable to learn exactly what contractors want in project documentation and delivery. As we use BIM software, I’m encouraged by how much it improves constructability and maintains our high level of project quality.

I’ve taught architecture and served as an adjunct professor at Prairie View A&M University for more than ten years. Students have such a different perspective; teaching is a very energizing experience, and I’m continually surprised by what I learn from each student.  Currently, I am leading the sustainable building seminar for architects and construction science majors.

Office responsibilities and project role

Together with Charles Browne and Cory Porter, I oversee office operations with an emphasis on managing the design process for the firm. One area of the design process I particularly enjoy is programming (or as we call it – problem definition) and concept initiation of projects. As a result, I participate in initiating most every project we do. Another of my responsibilities is managing all of our Fort Bend County projects, the county where I reside.

Outside the office

I met my wife Laura, while trying out for a singing group and we’ve been singing together in our church choir ever since. She teaches music education at University of Houston, Sugar Land campus and conducts student teacher audits across the Houston region.

As often as possible, we travel to Los Angeles to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren .  We also enjoy attending our son and daughter-in-law’s local sporting events at the schools where they coach and teach.

I’m also very passionate about Habitat for Humanity and am on the Board of the Fort Bend County Chapter and can be seen volunteering in the spring and fall builds.


Master of Architecture – Rice University
Bachelor of Architecture – Auburn University